The report we wrote about the other day in Whatever happened to women and children first? details the staffing levels that the contract between our county hospital and the children’s hospital specified.

According to the report, 24.3 FTE’s (full time equivalent) employees are billed to the children’s hospital.

The bill for those people is $2,059,891 each year.  That comes to an average cost of $84,769 per person.

Those costs are before the $91,176 “administrative fee” is tacked on.

The report recommends that the staffing level be 12 instead of 24.3.  It also suggests that the children’s hospital is not getting good service even with the surplus of personnel:

“EPCH lab and radiology personnel are performing many of the tasks assigned to the UMC personnel.”

We deserve better



One Response to Featherbedding

  1. […] UMC was charging El Paso Children’s Hospital for 24.3 FTE’s or $2,059,891 each year(https://elpasospeak.com/2015/10/30/featherbedding/). An FTE (Full Time Equivalent) is basically a fancy way of saying ‘% of a person’s […]


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